Curriculum Information by Subject

French

French

French

Key Stage 3
Yr7 Assessment
Yr8 Assessment
Key Stage 4
Yr11 Assessment
Key Stage 5

Key Stage 3

Year 7
French is studied twice per week by all Year 7 students, following the Studio 1 course. Topics taught are: Myself, School, Free-time, Home and Holidays. Students are assessed at the end of each module, once per half-term. All students have access to our online interactive “Active Learn” package.

Year 8
Students in Year 8 follow the Studio 2 Rouge course. They continue with two lessons of French per week and topics taught are: Technology, Tourism, My Identity, and Where I Live. Students are assessed at the end of each module, once per half-term. All students have access to our online interactive “Active Learn” package and we also offer a 5-day visit to the Calais area in France, which enables our students to experience speaking French and to learn about the culture of France in a structured and supported way.

Key Stage 4

GCSE (Exam Board: Edexcel) – New Specification (2016 – first exams 2018)

What do students study in lessons?
This new GCSE enables students to explore a variety of units such as Relationships, Free-time, Home Life, Local Area, Travel, School Careers and Work and Environment. All these topics are assessed via the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  Students develop these skills through a variety of activities involving the use of our “Active Learn” online subscription, translations and literary texts.

In the past, there has been the opportunity for Year 10 students to participate in a 5-day study visit to France in November. This is currently under review.

In Year 11 there is the opportunity to participate in our French Exchange in Year 11.The link with our partner school in Chinon is very strong and exchanges have been taking place for 10 years. It is an ideal chance for students to experience first-hand what it is like to live in France and to speak in French with their host family.

Assessment
All four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are assessed by exam at the end of the course – worth 25% each. The new specification is externally marked.

Yr11 Assessment

Please click the link below to access the French Personal Learner Checklist:

Personal Learner Checklist – French

 

 

Key Stage 5

AS and A2 (Exam Board: Edexcel) – New Specification (2016 – first exams 2017 for AS and 2018 for A2)

What do students study in lessons?
This practical course places equal emphasis on the four skills already explored in some depth at GCSE: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Once the majority of grammatical constructions have been taught, almost all lessons will be delivered in French. This greatly improves listening and speaking skills. The French Exchange to Chinon is also offered as an opportunity to Year 12 students to improve these skills and to experience French culture with a host family. All students have access to our online interactive “Dynamic Learning” package.

Topics for AS

AS topics set in the context of France and/or French speaking countries and communities include: Family, Education, The World of Work, Music, Media, Customs and Traditions.

Students also study one literary work, which can be either a book, a play or a film, which provides a further insight into the culture of France.

Topics for A’level

A Level topics set in the context of France include: Integration and Multiculturalism, The Rise of the Extreme Right, The Occupation and The Resistance Movement.

Students also study two literary works; either two literary texts or one literary text and one film, which further students’ understanding of classic and contemporary literature.

Assessment

Units for AS:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation.

(40%) 1hr 50 mins.

Paper 2: Written response to a literary work, grammar and translation.

(30%) 1hr 40 mins.

Paper 3: Speaking.

(30%) 30 mins approx. including 15 mins. preparation time.

 

Units for A’ level:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation.

(40%) 1hr 50 mins.

Paper 2: Written response to two literary works and translation.

(30%) 2hrs 40 mins.

Paper 3: Speaking.

(30%) 23 minutes approx. including 5 mins. preparation time.

All units are externally marked by the exam board.